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Upcycling: the traditional hay rack becomes a demanding fitness course. © elan-inventa.com

... traditional crafts and local architecture are being rediscovered in numerous places, including in Slovenia, where the typical «hay rack» is making an unexpected comeback. For centuries the so-called «kozolci» has been used to dry hay, maize or grain and has thus become an icon of the Slovenian landscape. Many of the hay racks have fallen into disuse, with some clearly in disrepair or used as sites for advertising posters. A whole museum has been dedicated to this gem of Slovenian culture in the Dolenjska region, with the town of Kranjska Gora now going a step further: its new Pišnica sports park has turned the traditional hay rack into an item of sports equipment. Whereas previously it was peasants who would sweat over their scythes while making hay, nowadays it is sports enthusiasts who build up muscles under the protective umbrella of the hay rack.